Meet the Author: Mike Van Vranken

Mike Van Vranken is the co-author of Faith Positive in a Negative World. He is a columnist for the Catholic Connection who resides in Shreveport.

Q: When did you first get the idea to write a book?
A: I wanted to write a book not just on how to run a business, but how to run an ethical business, and to use faith throughout it. Sometimes God’s working when you’re not looking – when you’re panicking, He’s got your back. That’s been in my mind the last 25 years.

Q: What made you team up with Dr. Joey?
A: I was talking with my co-author, who lives in Virginia. He is a business consultant, but he’s also an ordained Baptist minister. After a couple of months, he said, “I’ve been wanting to write a book about bringing faith to work,” and he had already developed the five core principles in this book. He said, “Do you want to do it together?” After some consideration, I said, “Yea, let’s do it.”

Q: What makes your book unique?
A: You can find 1,000 books on positive thinking, and they’re all out there and they’re all good. There’s nothing new in this book in terms of that. But what we hoped people would see is that there’s a scriptural base to every one of those books and the people that wrote those positive books in the past might think they wrote those thoughts on their own, but they are all God-given. So that’s what we really wanted to say. So we found foundational scriptures that would support those ideas. We hope that as people read it, those scriptures will become something that is internal for them from now on.

Q: Who is your book written for?
A: Anybody that does any kind of work at all – from washing clothes to doing yard work. Work is ordained by God and God has a very positive attitude about work. In particular, [it was written for] the Christian business professional because out in that world you face sometimes insurmountable obstacles to say, “I know I’m doing the right thing.” And it’s not easy.

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